Liverpool had 11 players at the 2014 World Cup following the signing of Rickie Lambert before the start of the tournament.
Six of those have already been sent home for wearing an England shirt, Kolo Touré saw his Ivory Coast eliminated in stoppage time on Tuesday, Simon Mignolet is the backup goalkeeper for a good Belgian side and Luis Suárez’s tournament could be cut short after another biting incident.
If any Reds are to go all the way in 2014, aside from Suárez’s Uruguay, only Mamadou Sakho of France and Victor Moses representing Nigeria remain in the competition.
France have looked very impressive in dispatching Honduras 3-0 and Switzerland 5-2 to start the tournament. They have scored eight successive goals before conceding two late consolation goals against their European counterparts.
Mamadou Sakho had left the pitch before France had conceded a goal in this tournament. Replaced by Laurent Koscielny just after the hour mark, the Liverpool defender played down any talks of injury.
With the group all-but-won and needing to avoid defeat against Ecuador to be certain of winning it, Sakho along with a couple of teammates are expected to be rested by Didier Deschamps for their final group game.
France have a lot of quality in depth though and I would expect they will be looking to keep the momentum going by making it three wins from three.
France are 1.72 to beat Honduras.
Victor Moses’ Nigeria play in the earlier game, despite being in Group F. They need to avoid defeat against Argentina to be sure of qualification. Or if Iran fail to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina they will progress too.
Failing to beat Argentina would mean finishing runners-up and then Victor Moses likely going head-to-head with club teammate Mamadou Sakho.
Nigeria are looking to become the first African nation to make it out of the group at the 2014 World Cup after Cameroon and Ivory Coast have already been eliminated. Ghana are needing help from Germany if they’re to go through whilst Algeria are in a strong position in Group H.
It’s a tough task ahead for Moses and co and we think Argentina will step it up and win their final group game.
Argentina to win is 1.50
Should Luis Suárez be suspended for biting Giorgio Chiellini on Tuesday, Uruguay face a tough task to progress from their round of 16 match against a Colombia side who have won three out three and scored nine goals in the process.
The Uruguayans may have only conceded one goal in their last two games combined but the haven’t created many chances themselves and those they have have often involved the Liverpool striker.
Colombia are 1.57 to progress against Uruguay.
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